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Why obedience is better than religion

June 2, 2011

“Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.”

1 Samuel 15:22

I was driving down the street one time and I saw one of those little bumper stickers on the back of a car that said, “Honk if you love Jesus.”  So I honked, and it infuriated the fellow driving! He shook his fist at me and had apparently forgotten all about his bumper sticker.  I wanted to go lift that bumper sticker off and put on there, “Honk if you love Buddha” or something if that’s the way he was going to act. 

In today’s society, it can be easy to fall into ‘Pop Christianity’. I know for a fact that it’s often beneficial to your image and social status to be seen as someone who follows Christ. But the reality is that it makes it more and more tempting to simply give lip service to the Gospel without truly being committed to the cause of Christ.

Even the ancient Israelites fell into that pattern of behavior. So God made it clear in today’s passage that a real relationship with him wasn’t about just going through the motions, but it was about true obedience.

So if you feel yourself going through the motions of mindless and heartless religion, remember your first priority, above all else, is to trust and obey your Lord. That’s the mark of a true believer.


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"There is a vast machinery of selective liberal outrage, fueled and lubricated by the media, universities and celebrity entertainment." ... more

Supreme Court to California: 'Release the Hounds'
Larry Elder:

"Today the court affirms what is perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our nation's history." So began Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's enraged dissent. ... more

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Whether you agree or disagree with Gates' decisions, it's hard not to admire his intellectual honesty and candor...which makes some observations in his valedictory speech at the American Enterprise Institute last week disturbing. ... more

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